MP Shatrughan Sinha speaking to reporters in Patna on Thursday.
MP Shatrughan Sinha speaking to reporters in Patna on Thursday.

Lok Sabha polls: Shatrughan Sinha leaves suspense on whether he will contest for BJP

ANI | Updated: Mar 07, 2019 19:40 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India], Mar 7 (ANI): BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in the past, kept suspense on whether he will contest on BJP ticket or not in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“The time has come, you will get to see some results. Some truths will come out," said Sinha while stressing that it is better to speak up at the right time. His statement was in response to a question on which party he would be contesting in the General elections.
He said, “Till now, the party has not suspended me and neither have I left the party. So what is the reason that I was not invited when Prime Minister Narendra Modi did his rally in Patna? That rally was very small and not that good.”
After meeting Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's family, Sinha said, “Today I have come to Patna, not because of social reason but for family reason. Lalu-ji's wife, his sons and daughter, all are like my family and I came here to meet them. It will be good if it will not be looked as a political matter. Some days ago, I also met with Lalu-ji at RIMS hospital.”
When asked about NDA’s claims of winning 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, he said, “Our party president Amit Shah’s "prachand bahumat" (huge majority) is just an expression. He said that for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. For Delhi, he claimed they (BJP) will win by two-thirds majority but they won only 2-3 seats and Kejriwal ji got 67 seats.”
“Are they counting my seat as well in those 40 seats (Lok Sabha seats in Bihar)? As far as elections are concerned, Patna is my first, second and last choice. When he (Amit Shah) says such (prachand bahumat) things, it is meant to boost the morale of his workers,” he added.
BJP lost the elections in recently concluded assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had registered a landslide victory in Delhi assembly elections and won 67 seats out of 70 in 2015.
On parties asking details of air strike conducted by Indian Air Force over a terror group in Pakistan, he said, “I have not asked for proofs. People in the government should talk in one voice. Who started this? Party president Amit Shah started this, without any evidence and truth, he gave the count of 250 casualties. I have heard Union Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh saying 400 casualties. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said 450 casualties.”
“If you want to show credibility in the statements then it is your duty to show results, keeping in mind the national interest,” he added.
On Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that Modi himself is involved in 'missing documents' related to Rafale deal, Sinha said, “Tali captain ko toh gali captain ko (If Captain takes applaud then he should take abuses). It is very shameful to say at a crucial moment that the documents are missing and that too from the Defence Ministry. Who will believe this? I cannot say anything since the matter is in the Supreme Court.” (ANI)